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Carnegie/Ontario Intersection Improvements
Improving one of the most highly traveled intersections in northeast Ohio  

Attention Commuters:  Through the summer of 2013, the Ontario Street ramp to I-90 west/I-71 south is closed.  Use E 9th or E 14th Streets to access I-90 west/I-71 south. When the ramp reopens this summer, access will ONLY be to I-90 west.  Motorists will NOT be able to access I-71 south until the new bridge is open in the fall.  
Why Make Improvements?
  • The intersection of Carnegie and Ontario – which sits adjacent to Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians – is the gateway to downtown Cleveland.
  • The intersection is one of the most highly traveled and congested in the region.
  • A total of 153 crashes occurred near the intersection of Carnegie and Ontario between 2008 and 2010.  Nearly one-third of these crashes resulted in injuries.
  • Each day, 40,000 to 60,000 vehicles pass through the intersection.
  • More than 2,000 of those vehicles are heavy trucks.
  • The previous interchange was difficult to navigate on foot or bike.
What Upgrades have been made?
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  • Crews have added a second lane to outbound Ontario Street with access to I-90 west and I-71 south when the new Ontario Street ramp opens later this summer.  This will allow more vehicles to enter the freeway during peak times.
  • A new truck route into and out of the Flats (East 9th Extension) is now open to reduce truck traffic at the Carnegie/Ontario intersection.
  • The triangular island on the northwest corner of the intersection has been removed, simplifying the traffic operation.
Upgrades for Cyclists and Pedestrians:
  • The former triangular island has been transformed into a bike and pedestrian friendly promenade.
  • The crosswalk distance for pedestrians crossing Carnegie Avenue on the west side of the intersection has been reduced by 42 feet – from 125 feet to 83 feet – making walking a safer, more convenient option.
  • The pedestrian signals have been replaced with “countdown” signal heads to display remaining time to safely cross the street.   

Upgrades to Community Spaces:

  • The new I-90 overpass over Ontario - currently under construction - will include “monuments” which will rise slightly above the bridge deck and serve as a welcoming gateway to downtown.
  • Crews will construct a public overlook adjacent to the Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center, providing spectacular views of the Cuyahoga River Valley.
  • New finishes, including sidewalks, pavers, retaining walls and even public art will adorn the area adjacent to the intersection.